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How brands are eyeing their own retail presence

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the on...

Why Lactalis could move for Dairy Crest

With the UK's Competition and Markets Authority likely to approve the disposal of Dairy Crest's milk business in the coming weeks, some indu...

Who could swoop for Diamond Foods? 

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio dur...

Fonterra's full-year results – 10 things to learn

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra reversed its first-half profit drop to report a massive jump in full-year earnings yesterday (24 September)...

ConAgra Foods suggests there is life in old brands yet 24 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

Much has been made of the decline of legacy brands in the US, which have failed to keep up with shifting consumer demands. In its second-quarter update, released yesterday (24 September), ConAgra Foods claimed a change in strategy has enabled it to breath fresh life into some of its iconic – but declining – brands. Katy Askew reports.

just-food's pick - Natural Products Expo East 2015 18 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

The natural products sector has waived in a seismic shift in the mainstream shopping habits of American consumers. This has attracted the attention of legacy brand manufacturers. But as the forces of big food look to cash in, SMEs have leveraged their agility to focus on delivering new products. Here is just-food's pick of some of the most exciting new products on show from SMEs at this year's Natural Products Expo East.

Kellogg eyes long-term benefits of Africa investment 17 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

US cereal giant Kellogg announced earlier this week that it has entered into a joint venture agreement to step up its presence in Africa. Kellogg has partnered with Tolaram Africa, the local arm of Singapore-based conglomerate Tolaram Group. While the deal will not provide an immediate lift for Kellogg's struggling sales, it positions the cereal giant for long-term growth in a region of increasing importance for consumer goods companies. Katy Askew reports.

Talking shop August 2015 - How global retailers are targeting emerging markets 8 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

Global retailers have continued to expand into emerging markets, in spite of the political and economic turbulence seen in many of these countries and the challenges to profitability.

B&G Foods' plan to breathe life into Green Giant 4 Sep 2015

Hannah Abdulla

The speculation over Green Giant was this week confirmed with US group B&G Foods announcing it had struck a deal to buy the the canned and frozen vegetables business from General Mills. Green Giant's sales are under pressure but B&G believes it can reinvigorate the business. Hannah Abdulla reports.

Foodservice focus August 2015 - health, indulgence and international 4 Sep 2015

Dean Best

Consumer interest in health has attracted private-equity investment in some up-and-coming operators, while other chains are revamping menus or even considering more substantial changes. Elsewhere, US fast-food chicken operator Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen demonstrated it is benefiting from demand for indulgence and comfort food and there were more examples of international expansion.

Why General Mills could find it hard to win over shoppers with The Good Table 28 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

General Mills launched a "mealtime solution" brand, The Good Table, in the US last week, targeting the millennial consumer on the look-out for less processed, cleaner foods. However, there is a perception among some of those consumers that Big Food is not the place to turn for such products. How likely is this brand from a major US company to succeed? Hannah Abdulla explores.

Greek crisis - The impact on shopper behaviour 28 Aug 2015

Panagiotis Boretos, Greece commercial director, IRI

The economic turmoil in Greece has been one of the biggest business stories of the year. But what kind of effects has the crisis had on the ground? How have shoppers reacted? IRI's Panagiotis Boretos investigates.

Why investors are concerned about water risk management 27 Aug 2015

Ben Cooper

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water risk in their own operations and in their supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.

What US companies might Nomad Foods buy? 26 Aug 2015

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal for much of Findus Group's assets. The UK-listed company is eyeing opportunities in the US. Stefan Kirk, just-food's M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, puts forward some possible targets for Nomad.

How soda is drawing fire from food in Mexico obesity battle 24 Aug 2015

Ben Cooper

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks at the effect the parallel tax on calorie-dense foods has had on consumers and on food companies.

What the Dave's Killer Bread deal means for Flowers Foods 20 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Flowers Foods last week announced the acquisition of organic bread maker Dave's Killer Bread, a move which accelerates its growth in the organic bread space and extends its geographic reach in the US, two things it has had on its wish list for some time. Hannah Abdulla explores.

How attractive could Iran be for food majors? 19 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with access to a population of 80m consumers, a majority of which is under 35 and increasingly on the lookout for branded goods. However, establishing a foothold is unlikely to be straightforward. Hannah Abdulla reports.

Kraft Heinz sales do not wow but earnings outlook bright 17 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

Kraft Heinz Co. last week gave some indication of the financial performance of its constituent parts when the newly-formed company published second-quarter numbers for the former Kraft Foods and HJ Heinz, the last periods as independent entities before the merger closed in July. Lacklustre sales trends remain but the group is also positioned to meet its long-term margin potential and could emerge a beneficiary of potential sector consolidation. Katy Askew reports.

Nestle first-half results – 8 things to learn 14 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle saw organic sales increase 4.5% in the first half of 2015 and confirmed it is on track to meet full-year guidance of growth of "around 5%". The company pushed through efficiency initiatives it is feeding back into marketing investment and said it is starting to see a turnaround in its problem areas – US frozen and China. However, the company remained cautious on the outlook for China while the impact of the Maggi recall in India weighed. Here are just-food's key takeaways from Nestle's first half.

BRICs and beyond: How the Vietnam-EU trade deal will benefit food makers 14 Aug 2015

Mandy Kovacs and Lee Andendorff

A free trade agreement initialled between the European Union and Vietnam last week, is set to stimulate trade for both the European and Vietnamese processed, packaged and branded food industries. Mandy Kovacs and Lee Andendorff investigate who stands to gain and why.

On the money: Hershey stands firm as China woes laid bare 10 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

That China is central to Hershey's challenges at the moment was underlined on Friday after the US confectioner booked a second-quarter loss of almost US$100m following an impairment charge on local subsidiary Shanghai Golden Monkey.

On the money: Buoyant WhiteWave Foods has some challenges in US 10 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

WhiteWave Foods raised its full-year earnings forecast after reporting growth across the majority of its businesses. However, the outlook for the Earthbound Farm and Silk owner's packaged fresh and premium dairy businesses in the US appears somewhat challenging.

10 Things to Learn: Why Kellogg believes it is on the road to recovery 5 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Kellogg reported a second quarter of declining profits and sales but on a conference call with investors yesterday, the management team insisted it is taking the right steps to position itself for long-term growth. Here is just-food's take on the latest numbers, recent performance and outlook for the business.

Analysis: Child labour in cocoa on rise but some see progress 5 Aug 2015

Ben Cooper

The report from Tulane University into the use of child labour in cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, published last week, revealed a 21% rise in the number of child labourers over the past five years and a 15.5% increase in the prevalence of child labour in cocoa-growing areas. Ben Cooper examines the report which, despite the alarming headline aggregate growth, reflects some underlying progress.

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